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the war in iraq. maryland will have considerable firepower at next week's convention. senator barbara mikulski is expected to lead the program that highlights democratic women candidates for the senate in 2012 and a record number of 12 are running this november. the baltimore native is the longest serving member in the history of congress. governor martin o'malley is slated to speak at the convention in charlotte. wbal tv and wbaltv.com, your home for every moment of the democratic convention from beginning to end culminating with president obama's acceptance speech next thursday. >> and baltimore, maryland, has had its place when it comes to conventions and stan haynes joins us live, the author of the book, "the first american political conventions." thanks so much for coming in. why did you write this book? >> i've always been a history nut and very interested in the presidency and i work in down the baltimore at a law firm and kept reading books about conventions in the 19th century held in baltimore so i got curious as to where the were held and what went on there. that's what got
they announced it to her squadron, and she was harassed. >> and i just went to iraq through hell. and now i'm dealing with i'm a slut, i'm a whore. i've never been so hollow. >> reporter: some victims, like former army specialty andrea say they faced retaliation from their own leaders. >> my command told me if i kept trying to press charges on them, they would bring me up on adultery charges. >> reporter: victims say this culture of blaming them and not punishing their rapists leads to more assaults. take the case of kim. she said her accused rapist, fellow marine ross curtis, was allowed to leave the military in 2006 with an honorable discharge and no stain on his record. a few years later, she got a call from an lapd detective. >> she asked me, do you know a ross curtis? and my heart sank. >> reporter: curtis had raped a 13-year-old and 15-year-old girl while volunteering at an rotc program for kids. he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. >> had they not tried to maintain the fiction that this man was worthy of an honorable discharge, had they been more concerned about the other human be
in iraq and afghanistan. 41 years old, woods was a father to due teenage boys, his family described him as someone who loved life, loved adrenaline. all four were killed in the line of duty and in duty to their nation. >> this led to fresh jabs on the presidential campaign trail. nbc's peter alexander is here with that part of the story. this is for the first time becoming a major flashpoint between the president and governor romney. >> a largely dormant campaign issue. with the ongoing turmoil in the middle east and the political fallout at home, poet president barack obama and mitt romney are trying to project strength on national security, but less than eight weeks till election day romney, who by the way authored a book titled "no apologies" is making no apologies for his sharp cricism of the president's foreign policy. while in virginia mitt romney toned down his attacks on president obama seeking to project strength in more subtle terms, arguing the president is a weak leader. >> sometimes it seems that we're at the mercy of events instead of shaping events. the world needs americ
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